Vintage Fly-In Challenge
(This adventure is for use with Flight Simulator 9 (2004) © Microsoft. Not for real world navigation.)
The challenge: To fly a single engine vintage tail-dragger from Carl Spatz Field KRDG in Reading PA (now known as Reading Regional) to Drake Field in Fayetteville Arkansas KFYV.
stops along the way:
Additional stops for food, fuel and overnight accommodations at the pilots discretion.
good folks at Mid
Your mission, if you accept, is to arrive at Drake Field with the lowest fuel cost divided by your aircrafts gross weight. Fuel prices to be obtained from www.airnav.com/fuel must be for 100LL and current (no more than 30 days old).
Along the way we will be visiting some fantastic Vintage Museums.
Mid Atlantic Air Museum
Golden Age Air Museum
Wright B Flyer Museum
United States Air Force Museum
Lee Bottom Flying Field Hanover, IN (Not a museum yet, but a very interesting place.)
Arkansas Air Museum
I hope you visit all of the web-sites above, and maybe you might visit one or more of these locations this summer in person.
The list above is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some links to help you find museums and flying events near you. None of the lists are complete. If you are looking for something in particular try using
am using Golden Wings 3 along with Bill & Lynn Lyons
Set you calendar for March 20th, 2006 and the snow will disappear. It is Spring! I’m flying with “Fair Skies” weather.
The first leg is only about 15 n.miles. Take off from KRDG and turn north. Turn to intercept the 296 deg radial to RAV VOR 114.60 Grimes Field is on that radial at 16.6 n.m from the DME.
Here are some screenshots from FS 9 to help you find the field.
Taking off from KRDG runway 11
12 miles to go, tracking 296 deg.
5 mi to go, runway visible at 3x zoom
Over water tank, creek to left, highway to right. 2mi final
1 Mile final bearing to BZJ NDB 328.0 is 269 deg
The picture below is from Golden Wings 3
1 mile final, offset to avoid
Here are some screen shots to help you find Lee Bottom Flying Field.
Lee Bottom Flying Field
Low pass to chase away the deer and alert Rich & Ginger that they have company.
Ready to turn base
Final RW 18
The picture below is from Golden Wings 3
Final RW 18.
The rest of the stops should be easy to find as they are mid-sized local airports with navaids on-site or close by.
Everyone should file a report on the special forum topic "Vintage Fly-In Challenge"
Your first report should include your aircrafts name and maximum gross weight.
Subsequent reports should include the airport codes for where you took off and where you landed, time in minutes, gallons of fuel purchased (if any), price per gallon, and any comments.
Use “Fair Skies” weather scenario.
You can fly it earlier or later, but the valid dates for the fuel price are Feb 19 thru March 20th.
Here is a schedule:
Depart KRDG March 20th
Depart 8N1 March 21st
Depart KMGY March 23rd
Depart 64I March 23rd
Depart 1H0 March 25th
You can fly them earlier or later, but the valid dates for the fuel prices are Feb 19th thru March 26th
I know that some of you will fly non-stop from 8N1 to KMGR, but I will make an intermediate overnight stop and arrive at KMGY on March 22nd. Likewise I will arrive at 1H0 on March 24th.
The airports listed above are required, but the route and location of intermediate stops are at the pilots discretion.
It is not necessary to fill your tanks when you fuel. You may choose to just get enough fuel to get you to the next stop (plus the required VFR safety margin) in order to keep your weight down and perhaps to take advantage of cheaper gas. You are not reporting the amount of fuel used, just the amount purchased. At the end of the rally you will be required to fill your tanks. So, the total amount of fuel purchased will = the amount of fuel used.
Aircraft: Single engine tail-dragger.
Fuel is to be calculated from engine startup at parking to engine shutdown at parking.
Time is to be reported using Ftime v3 or from beginning of takeoff roll to touchdown.
No twins. No turboprops